Flash Forward: Harvey Milk's Camera Shop to House Lifeline Call Center for Gay Youth

Jan 19, 2011
Exec. Prod. of Franchises & Series. He previously reported for HuffPost, L.A. Daily Journal, and Biloxi Sun-Herald.
The days of film are gone, but the need for a sympathetic, informed listener lives on. (Photo: SFcityguides.com)

Castro Camera, a small shop made famous by its owner, slain gay civil-rights leader Harvey Milk, will take on a new life as a crisis call center for the Trevor Project, a national organization dedicated to preventing gay youth suicide.

The camera shop, which featured prominently in the Oscar-winning film Milk, served as the campaign headquarters for Milk's work in the 1970s to promote equality for gay and lesbian San Franciscans.

The camera shop site will also serve as an action center and boutique for the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), one of the nation's largest gay-rights lobbying groups.

HRC will be the primary tenant on the site. The Trevor Project won't offer any direct counseling services in the building, but space will be dedicated to the Trevor Project's crisis and suicide prevention call center.

The Trevor Project's toll-free crisis hotline (866-4-U-TREVOR) is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help youth cope with their struggles against bullying and other crises without resorting to suicide and other harmful decisions. 

Determining what to do with the site of Milk's camera shop hasn't been without controversy. If you want the nitty gritty on the political tussle over the best way to honor Milk and a site that is central to America's gay history, head over to Andy Towle's site for a primer

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